Meadow, Mt Lemmon, Wilderness of Rock and Mint Spring Trail – 8/21/2017

Flowers along the Meadow Trail. August 2017.
Flowers along the Meadow Trail. August 2017.

The flowers on the Meadow Trail are fading a bit, ferns on the Mt. Lemmon Trail are starting to brown and small drainages crossing the Wilderness of Rocks Trail are beginning to go dry – the summer rains are gone, but summer temperatures are still very much here – a nice time to be at the top of the mountain.

Browning ferns along the Mt. Lemmon Trail. August 2017.
Browning ferns along the Mt. Lemmon Trail. August 2017.
Clouds and trees reflected in Lemmon Creek. August 2017.
Clouds and trees reflected in Lemmon Creek. August 2017.
Red galls in the Manzanita from Leafgall Aphids. August 2017.
Red galls in the Manzanita from Leafgall Aphids. August 2017.

Wilderness of Rocks and Mount Lemmon Trail – 2/19/2015

1502 Looking down to Romero Pass
Looking down on Romero Pass from the Mount Lemmon Trail – Table Mountain in the background. February 2015.

I recently volunteered to help a with a AZGF Bighorn Sheep research project and have a number of points in the Romero Pass area to visit – today was my first time out, I was slow collecting the vegetation survey information but did manage to get a few points done – and it was a great reason to visit this area! Wilderness of Rocks and then Mount Lemmon Trail towards Romero Pass – 15.9 miles, +/- 3800′.

1502 Lotus above Romero Pass
A Lotus above Romero Pass on the Mount Lemmon Trail. February 2014.

Mint Spring, Wilderness of Rock, Aspen, Aspen Draw Loop – 9/7/2014

It was raining when I parked at the Mint Spring Trailhead – not hard, but enough to make me reorganize some of my gear into Aloksaks to keep everything dry – just enough effort to keep the rain away for the rest of the evening! Highlights:

Mint Spring Trail – The first part of the trail was wonderfully overgrown – in spots the trail was almost a tunnel thru all of the summer growth – the fern covered hillsides with flowers peaking thru were memorable.

1409 Geranium on the Mint Spring Trail
On the Mint Spring Trail – geranium richardsonii – Richardson’s Geranium I believe… September 2014.

Wilderness of Rock Trail – Water! Not the highest/fastest I have seen the water here – but enough that to make it exciting to see – small waterfalls, spills and pools!

1409 Rushing Water Near the Wilderness of Rock Trail
Rushing water near the Wilderness of Rock Trail. September 2014.

Aspen Trail – On the last climb to the ridge, burned years ago and now quite open, the flowers were blooming and beautiful and I had great views of the moon.

1409 Moon and Trees from the Aspen Trail
Moon and trees – near the top of the Aspen Trail. September 2014.

Aspen Draw Trail – Sections of soft trail thru the big trees, it wasn’t long after starting the trail that I had to get out my headlamp to navigate the dark tree covered trail.

I finished with a run thru Summerhaven, by the time I arrived nothing was open (not unexpected on a Sunday night – but I was still hoping…), and the streets were nearly empty… 11.75 miles, 2600′ of elevation gain/loss.

Aspen Draw and Lemmon Rock Trails – 2014/5/10

Summerhaven – Turkey Run – Aspen Draw – Radio Ridge – I wonder if the Forest Service or Arizona Historical Society have the brochure that matches the old markers along the trail – it would be fun to hike the trail and read the descriptions…

1405 Old markers on the Aspen Draw Trail
Old markers on the Aspen Draw Trail.

Up to the Summit Trailhead and then down again – Lemmon – Lemmon Rock – Wilderness of Rock junction – back up the Lemmon Rock Trail.

The Lemmon Rock Lookout slowly gets closer, the wind makes the day feel cool, I hear Peregrine Falcons and my own heartbeat when I take a short break.

1405 Lemmon Rock Lookout from the Lemmon Rock Trail
Looking up at the Lemmon Rock Lookout from the Lemmon Rock Trail.

Radio Ridge – Aspen Draw – Turkey Run and back into Summerhaven…